Date: Wed, 19 Aug 92 19:41:46 GMT+0100 From: timbl (Tim Berners-Lee) Message-Id: <9208191841.AA00906@ nxoc01.cern.ch > To: JUDY@crnvma.cern.ch Subject: Re: on-line dictionaries/thesaurus Cc: email@example.com There are dictionary servers running, but the polite thing to do is to limit their use to your own site. There is a pd client and server system (not w3 compatible unfortunately but I am sure very easily hackable) for the NeXT. Every NeXT comes with Webster's and Roget's thesaurus. We could make the dictionary of some NeXT available to teh CERN site but it would be less than nice tomake it available worldwide. (We can make a W3 server which only allows .cern.ch connections). Good summer student project for a few days/weeks. There is a public WAIS server for an early out of coipyright Roget's thesaurus. Find it under "Reference" in the subject list or www http://info.cern.ch:8001/wais.cic.net:210/roget-thesaurus The copyright situation for online stuff is not well defined as far as I know. You could trythe El;ectronic Frontier Foundation's archives or their personel for leads .. theat is their speciality (law of the electronic information revolution). J-P and I spent a few seconds on the problem, but did not have much time. The Roget's thesaurus on that server (at CICnet) by hte way is provided from teh Gutenberg project collection of out-of-copyright littereature. Tim Anyone else on the list know of a dictionary server on the web? From JUDY@crnvma.cern.ch Fri Aug 14 16:59:25 1992 Return-Path: <JUDY@crnvma.cern.ch> Received: from dxmint.cern.ch by nxoc01.cern.ch (NeXT-1.0 (From Sendmail 5.52)/NeXT-2.0) id AA19255; Fri, 14 Aug 92 17:59:20 MET DST Received: by dxmint.cern.ch (dxcern) (5.57/3.14) id AA02451; Fri, 14 Aug 92 17:00:08 +0200 Message-Id: <9208141500.AA02451@dxmint.cern.ch> Received: from CERNVM.cern.ch by CERNVM.CERN.CH (IBM VM SMTP V2R2) with BSMTP id 7458; Fri, 14 Aug 92 17:00:36 SET Received: from CERNVM (JUDY) by CERNVM.cern.ch (Mailer R2.08) with BSMTP id 0267; Fri, 14 Aug 92 17:00:36 SET Date: Fri, 14 Aug 92 16:48:18 SET From: Judy Richards <JUDY@crnvma.cern.ch> Subject: on-line dictionaries/thesaurus To: Tim <firstname.lastname@example.org> I understand that a month or two back you discussed this with Jean-Pol Matheys and got hold of some software but it didn't work properly. My question is more general - do you know of any software, commercial or not, that would allow us to put a 'dictionaty server' in the computer centre? I find it hard to imagine that you could get something completely for free without breaking some sort of copyright law - at least the dictionaries themselves must be protected in some way. How much do you know about this subject, and how should one set about finding out more? Any leads would be appreciated!